While this issue may be very real for many, I think there's a different way to consider dealing with esteem.
If you're a Christian you can have ...God esteem!
Just think about it. The one true living God created you and loves you.
When I wrap my mind around that and realize that it's all about His grace and mercy and I've done nothing to deserve it ...I'm absolutely amazed!
Self-esteem? No way. I don't need to puff myself up and tell myself how good I am. I certainly didn't deserve to be saved and loved by God. But He sent His Son to this earth to pay for my sins. And all I did was ...receive this free gift of salvation.
He loves me (and you) that much. Isn't that special?
And because of that I have ...true freedom.
Not freedom as the world suggests. But peace with God. I don't have to try to gain His approval.
Because of all He's done for me, I have such an overwhelming feeling of gratitude and love. I want to give myself fully to Him in response.
Listen to this love letter I read this morning entitled "My Princess ..Walk in My Confidence". It's from Sheri Rose Shepherd's book His Princess: Love Letters from your King:
I don't know about you but I had to read that letter several times. It just blesses me so much.
"I know the world whispers in your ear that what you possess defines who you are, and what you look like determines your worth. This is a lie, My love. The generations to come will never remember you for the things you accumulate or the efforts you placed in your appearance. In fact, the harder you strive to collect more things and to perfect your image, the more insecure you will be about who you are and why you are here. I am in you and you are in Me. I will give you all that you need. Now go and walk through your world in the confidence that I've uniquely equipped you with all you need to impact the lives of those around you forever!
Your King and your Confidence
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Yes, we're all shaped differently. And we need to take proper care of our bodies as we are temples of the Holy Spirit. But it's about establishing a healthy lifestyle. We are free in Christ but we shouldn't use food or laziness as an excuse to indulge our flesh over and over again.
Just think about this.
Almighty God loves you and knows everything about you and ...He still loves you.
You've heard the expression "God makes no junk."
Well, you're special because of ...who you belong to.
You can have God esteem. Isn't that better than self-esteem?
Which would you rather have?
BTW, don't forget to hop over to Sandy's God Speaks Today for more Fitness Friday. She always has great stuff to share in her typical Sandy humor that I love. And Sarah of All Pain No Gain is joining us too so go check out her blog post too.